Hello friends! Another week has gone past in a blur, with new programs and activities happening at the barn every day. Of course the news I was hoping to announce this week hasn't yet begun to occur. Both Precious and Mystique are in no hurry and seem quite content to keep their sweet babies to themselves a while longer. Both are in good spirits and still joining the herd on walks currently. The walking seems to keep my girls in great shape for kidding season, and I think this may contribute to why my girls rarely have problems giving birth. (touch wood)
My days are blurring more and more as the weeks pass. COVID has done such a number on my business that I've had to work beyond overtime these past few months to stay afloat, but I am proud of how I can continue to think up new and innovative ways to help support my community with the herd. I feel like I am finally bouncing back from the initial devastation caused by COVID. It sucks that my mobile Goats on the Go! program won't be able to run for some time yet, but I am thinking and planning always, so know we will continue to be OK. I am adding some new blood to the team in the shape of some powerhouse business development. I know that I am only capable of so many hours a day to get work done, and it is time to call in some serious back up :) More about that in the coming days :)
While we all continue to wait for the new babies to arrive, I know many are anxious for news. Funny thing about waiting for goats to give birth. The more we question or try to intervene, the longer they seem to take. There is an old video widely circulated among goat farmers that really sums up what it is like waiting for them to give birth. Although this video is "dated", it is still funny and oh so very true! I present "Does Secret Code of Honor"
I will absolutely post updates as soon after a birth occurs as I am able. No news means I'm just still waiting patiently as well.
This past week has been very exciting and a lot of fun while the goats adjust to working with new practitioners and continue to learn new skills. The Goat Yoga classes being offered my Muskoka Hot Yoga (https://muskokahotyoga.com/) here at the farm are going really well. After a few trial runs I have determined that my yearlings are the best with the yoga classes as they are still curious and playful with meeting new people. Each class gets more interesting as they become more relaxed with the new environment and activity. As you can see from this picture, they work hard in these classes. When the new babies are old enough to join, they will bring even more youthful exuberance to these classes.
The goats and I also participated in our very first Barefoot Goat Walk! It was a really neat experience and everyone enjoyed themselves. This walk was organized by Muskoka Barefoot Inc. (https://www.muskokabarefoot.com/) and there are currently no further activities scheduled with them.
Last night was a very powerful full moon. For the first time Sky River Meadows hosted a Full Moon Sound healing ceremony run by Trinity O'Brien of Muskoka Hot Yoga. The sounds echoing out of our old century barn while the sun set over the hay fields was a very surreal experience. The herd came out of the barn and seemed to marvel at the vibrations and beautiful sounds as well. Even the wildlife seemed to notice. To the lucky participants inside the barn, they were able to take part in an hour long sound healing meditation. The more I work with Trinity, the more I come to respect and love this beautiful soul. I feel blessed and honoured to share my work space with Trinity, and hope to continue to work together for as long as we both need to, in order to get through these challenging COVID times. As I am so passionate about supporting my community, helping other practitioners who also support my community just makes so much sense :)
I think the biggest news that has filled me with the most excitement this past week was the launch of Episode 2 of GOAT. Last week I wrote about Toronto performer David Shilman (@MarkTwangMusic) and his audition in front of my herd of judges. I am so pleased with how great his performance went and think that his testimonial is hilarious. Take a look for yourself and see what you think. Will you be the next to apply to perform for the herd? A huge thank you to David Shilman and J'aime from The Snowlake Initiative for such a great episode :)
So that's all for updates this week! Not a ton to write about when most of my week has been spent frowning at two little goat mammas, waiting for some sign. In the meantime, remember the Doe Code and don't prolong our wait! As soon as there is news to share I will be quick to announce it. Stay well and be kind <3 ~ Angee